Andy Brown

Andy has been writing about the governance of sport for over 15 years. Prior to working on the Sports Integrity Initiative, he was the editor of World Sports Law Report for eight years. He has also worked for the Press Association and has written for numerous trade magazines. He has also created, chaired and spoken at numerous conferences on the business of sport, and produced the Sports Law Show for iSportConnect TV.

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News 19/11/2019

Honesty and integrity cost swimmer his Olympic place

A refusal to lie about the source of a positive test has cost a promising Japanese swimmer his spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Hiromasa Fujimori refused to say that his 14 December 2018 adverse analytical finding (AAF) for methylephedrine was caused by a cold medication, which the...

Features 18/11/2019

Sport intervened to make changes to Athletes Anti-Doping Rights Act

Major changes were made to the Athletes Anti-Doping Rights Act after the Sports Movement intervened in its passage at the recent World Conference on Doping in Sport, The Sports Integrity Initiative can reveal. They include removal of a recommendation that sporting officials face the same consequences as an athlete...

News 14/11/2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 14 November 2019

• Canadian Jumping athlete Nicole Walker has denied ever using illicit drugs, after being provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a metabolite of cocaine at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. ‘I was shocked and devastated to hear about these results’, wrote Walker on Instagram...

News 14/11/2019

Former Nigeria international sentenced for match-fixing

The Svea Court of Appeal in Stockholm has sentenced former Nigeria international Dickson Etuhu and an unnamed player for bribery, overturning a December 2018 decision to clear them of attempting to fix an 18 May 2017 match between AIK and IFK Gothenburg. The Stockholm District Court initially acquitted the...

News 13/11/2019

Sutton denies ordering Testogel & injecting testosterone

Shane Sutton, former Technical Director at British Cycling, stormed out of yesterday’s Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) hearing into allegations against Dr. Richard Freeman, after denying ordering Testogel and arguing there was no evidence that he had injected testosterone. Dr. Freeman has already admitted ordering 30 sachets of Testogel...

News 12/11/2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 12 November 2019

• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered appeals by Alberto Salazar and Dr. Jeffrey Brown against the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in relation to four year bans imposed by the American Arbitration Association (AAA). Hearings are unlikely to take place before March 2020, confirms a statement....

News 12/11/2019

Shane Sutton to give evidence at Dr. Freeman’s hearing

Shane Sutton, former Technical Director at British Cycling, is due to give evidence today at a Medical Practitioner’s Tribunal Service (MPTS) hearing into allegations of misconduct against Dr. Richard Freeman, former doctor to British Cycling and Team Sky. The MPTS has approved an application to screen Dr. Freeman from...

Features 08/11/2019

WCDS Day Three: Box ticking and picking at the Rodchenkov Act

Day Three of the World Conference on Doping in Sport was supposed to be a box-ticking exercise, and to some extent it was. Seven International Standards were approved by the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), as well as the new Athletes Anti-Doping Act. The Katowice Declaration...

Features 07/11/2019

WCDS Day Two: WADA opens its box of tricks…

Delegates attending Day Two of the World Conference on Doping in Sport were presented with a mixed bag of issues, and debated the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) new and existing methods of dealing with them. Pavel Kolobkov, Russia’s Minister of Sports and Yuriy Ganus, Director General of the Russian...

Features 06/11/2019

Broken or fixed: the FEI equipment approval process

Equestrianism has a long history in the Olympic programme, as it is one of the few sporting events to have featured in the Ancient Olympics. However, as horse riding was more ingrained into everyday life, the inhabitants of ancient Greece would have been far more familiar with the events...

Features 06/11/2019

WCDS Day One – 2021 Code: more flexible, but challenges remain

The 2021 World Anti-Doping Code offers anti-doping organisations (ADOs) more sanctioning flexibility than previous editions, however challenges remain in drafting a document that pleases all, heard over 1,600 delegates attending the World Conference on Doping in Sport in Katowice, Poland. Concerns were raised about use of anti-doping samples for...

30/10/2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 30 October 2019

• The Paris courts plan to start the trial of Lamine Diack, former President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and his son, Papa Massata Diack, from 13 January, reports AFP. It is understood that Lamine Diack, President of the IAAF from 1999 to 2015, is charged...

30/10/2019

Three Russians sanctioned for doping

Yuliya Gushchina (Ю́лия Гу́щина), Anna Nazarova/Klyashtornaya (Анна Назарова/Кляшторная) and Olesya Sviridova (Олеся Свиридова) have been sanctioned for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs), the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) announced. Both Gushchina and Nazarova were disqualified from the London 2012 Olympics in November 2017 after IOC retests of their samples revealed adverse...

29/10/2019

Russian hackers again targeting anti-doping organisations

Russian hackers targeted ‘at least’ 16 anti-doping organisations (ADOs) from 16 September, the day before the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) opened a formal non-compliance procedure against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), reports Microsoft’s Threat Intelligence Center. ‘Some of these attacks were successful, but the majority were not’, writes Tom...

28/10/2019

PTG2019: FIFA fails to remove Gender Verification rules

The international federation of football associations (FIFA) has failed to remove its Gender Verification Regulations from its internet site, despite promising to do so at Play The Game 2019. The Regulations mandate that national associations can issue a request to FIFA, supported by evidence, that a gender test should...

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